Disclosure: Links to products might be affiliate links so we earn a commission at no extra cost.

Best American History Tellers

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed history buff or want to learn more about a specific historical event, listening to the American History Tellers podcast is the perfect way to pass the time.

Best American History Tellers

Hosted by Lindsay Graham and produced by the Wondery, the network behind other iconic podcasts such as American Scandal, Tides of History, and American Innovations, American History Tellers aims to provide listeners with well-researched and nuanced accounts of major historical events.

Whether you’re interested in the ideological battleground that defined the Cold War, the consequences of the desperate Space Race, or the people that defined the Civil Rights movement, American History Tellers has an episode (or a series) for you.

Below, I’ve listed my all-time favorite episodes of American History Tellers.

Each one captivated my interest in seconds. However, you should know that this podcast is a series, so I recommend listening to it from the beginning to get the most out of it.

The Great Depression | The Crash

The Great Depression took place between 1929 and 1939. It constituted a particularly severe worldwide economic depression that was sparked due to a significant fall in US stock prices.

This event was the most prolonged, profound, and extensive depression of the 20th century. It had devastating consequences for many industries and citizens.

This episode of American History Tellers provides a detailed and nuanced account of the beginning of this disastrous crisis.

While giving an in-depth description of the events that led to the collapse of the US stock market on the 29th of October 1929, it also provides listeners with an understanding of the all-important backdrop – from labor unrest to racial tensions.

Listen on wondery.com.

Kentucky Blood Feud | The Revenge Of Bad Tom Baker

While many of us, including myself, often perceive the Civil War as one large and devastating battle, it is better understood when you take a closer look at the consequences for families, such as those living in Clay County. And that’s precisely what this episode of American History Tellers does!

The Civil War pushed the Clay County families into a tense truce. However, the consequences of the war meant that the poorer families struggled to survive, while the richest could withstand the storm.

Desperate times led to desperate measures, which, in this case, constituted a wave of assassinations and arsons that would reshape the whole state.

Listen on wondery.com.

Political Parties | A Tale Of Two Parties

Suppose you’ve ever wondered what the political landscape of America looked like in the country’s earliest days or how today’s two-party system came about. In that case, I highly recommend you listen to this episode.

It discusses how George Washington’s fears regarding the emergence of organized political parties would come to fruition immediately after he vacated the presidency.

It thoroughly examines the bitter rivalries between the first two parties – the Republicans and the Federalists.

Listen on wondery.com.

The Cold War | Hearts And Minds

The Cold War was an intense period of tension between the US and the Soviet Union. The conflict was primarily based on ideological and geopolitical struggles for global influence.

As such, while traditional methods were utilized, such as military deployment, it was also a war that saw psychological warfare and propaganda campaigns as significant strategies.

And that is precisely what this episode of American History Tellers discusses. Forget the trenches and tanks, this episode details how the US and the Soviet Union fought a war using information and ideas.

This episode explores the cunning Soviet propaganda campaigns – and trust me, it will surprise you!

Listen on wondery.com.

Tulsa Race Massacre | The Promised Land

The Tulsa Race Massacre happened on May 31st and June 1st, 1921. It occurred when vast swathes of white residents who city officials had given arms chose to attack and destroy the homes and businesses of black residents.

This episode of American History Tellers discusses how Oklahoma transformed from ‘The Promised Land,’ a place where black people could live freely and with dignity and economic self-sufficiency, to an area of racial violence and discrimination.

Listen on wondery.com.

Prohibition | Closing Time

On the 17th of January, 1920, the United States passed the 18th amendment. This amendment prohibited the sale and production of alcoholic beverages. In turn, a 13-year-long Prohibition took hold.

This episode of American History Tellers is ideal for any of you who have wondered how a country that loved drinking could turn its back on alcohol so dramatically and why many State legislators agreed that Prohibition was a promising way forward.

This episode will answer all of your questions and more!

Listen on wondery.com.

Civil Rights | New World A’Comin

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863.

While this was a huge step forward, freeing the enslaved people in much of the South, the road to true freedom would take over a century for most black Americans.

This episode is a part of a six-part series that investigates the struggle of such black Americans.

The series begins by examining the experience of black Americans during the 1940s. At the time, segregation was the law in the South and was a cultural norm in the North and West.

But, despite its violent grip on black Americans, they still managed to utilize the power of collective protest and began to make demands for fundamental equality.

Listen on wondery.com.

Lewis And Clark | Across The Rockies

Lewis and Clark resumed their journey along the Missouri river in 1805. They were searching for the Pacific; however, they needed to cross the Rocky Mountains before they could reach the ocean.

To do this, Lewis and Clark would need the help of Sacagawea and her tribe, the Shoshone. But, the Shoshone tribe was particularly elusive and challenging to find.

This episode of American History Tellers highlights the role that Sacagawea and her tribe played in Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition.

Listen on wondery.com.